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Bing And Grondahl 2019 Christmas Bell
Bing And Grondahl 2019 Christmas Bell
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Item# 1027176
Size: W: 3" D: 3" L: 3.5"

Time is standing still around the thatched cottage, which is covered by snow for Christmas Eve. Father is chopping wood for the fireplace, but little sister is impatient because the Christmas tree is waiting. The Christmas plate from Bing and Grndahl is the oldest of its kind in the world and was issued for the first time in 1895. This motif, drawn by artist Dag Samsund, is number 125 in the series and it adorns the plate, the bell and the drop. The relief has been hand-cut based on the artist own drawing and the plate was made according to old, proud Craftsmanship traditions.

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A passion for blue

Symbolising fidelity and secrecy, blue is a colour for which artists in the past would pay considerable sums. It is often the subject of writing. And it is also the colour in which the Royal Copenhagen expert painters excel.

Blue has innumerable shades and nuances. The truest and purest blue, cobalt, is used for decorating the classic Royal Copenhagen blue fluted service. Thousands of years before this, from as far back as 2600 BC, Egyptian and various other civilisations used cobalt to create intensely blue colour for glassware, glazing and ceramics.

Almost 7000 years ago, the Egyptians would crush the blue stone Lapiz Lazuli into a fine powder to use as pigment for eye makeup and murals on walls. Much later, medieval painters learned to use the stone's colour to manufacture paint, attaining the colour ultramarine.

"..."I have found it at last. This is the true blue. Oh, how light it makes one. Oh, it is as fresh as a breeze, as deep as a deep secret, as full as I say not what." With trembling hands she held the jar to her bosom..."

Quoting old Lady Helena's exclamation upon being presented with a blue-painted Chinese jar. Quote is from "The Young Man with the Carnation" from Winter's Tales by Isak Dinesen (the pen name of the Danish novelist Karen Blixen)

Royal Copenhagen's blue pigment is called cobalt zinc silicate and it is the cobalt that provides the distinctive blueness. In its infancy, Royal Copenhagen obtained their cobalt from Norwegian 'Blaafarvevaerket', the 'blue colour factory' a company that was responsible for between 70 and 80 percent of all global cobalt production throughout the 19th century.

 

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